Iker Casillas had taken to his Twitter account to point out that he does not understand some things about football awards.
The former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Iker Casillas said this after Lionel Messi was given the FIFA best player of the year award and Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni received the FIFA best manager award.
Iker Casillas does not understand why the football governing body would decide to give the award to Messi ahead of Karim Benzema, who had an exceptional season last year and won the Ballon d’Or.
Benzema was one of the world’s most talented players, and he was crucial to Real Madrid’s success and path to winning the Champions League.
He scored 63 goals and created 21 assists. Benzema won the UEFA Champions League, the Spanish Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Other achievements by the French striker
included UEFA Champions League top scorer, La Liga top scorer, Spanish Super Cup top scorer, the best goal maker in the Champions League, and many more.
However, constant injuries made him miss the World Cup in Qatar.
In addition, Iker Casillas could not believe Scaloni was awarded the FIFA Best Coach in the World Award ahead of Carlo Ancelotti, who won the Double for Real Madrid last season.
Ancelotti joined Real Madrid from Everton and totally changed the fate of the team with flexible tactics and interesting personnel management.
During the Ballon d’Or football award, Ancelotti won the Globe Soccer award for the best manager of the year.
Note that all the Real Madrid players and staff failed to attend the FIFA ceremony on Monday as they prepared for a more demanding fixture against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey on March 2, 2023.
It is going to be a tough match for both sides, but Barcelona’s injury crisis will put Real Madrid on top after the match.
Contrary to Iker Casillas’ submission, most pundits believe that both Messi and Scaloni deserve to win the FIFA award for winning the biggest trophy, World Cup, in the year under review (2022).
Also, the Paris Saint-German attacker won the Copa America for the first time in 2020/21 and was named the best player of the tournament, and also won the Ligue 1 title last season.
The Argentine won the CONMEBOL Uefa Cup with his country beating Italy in the final.
Scaloni, on the other hand, made himself one of the greatest managers with the Argentina side.
In the space of a year, he won the World Cup, the Copa America, and the CONMEBOL Uefa Cup.
In addition, the Argentina FA have a good belief that Scaloni is going to lead them to another trophy and was given a new deal.
He is going to lead Argentina as the defending champions in the next World Cup.
However, there is no assurance that captain Messi will be available for the 2026 World Cup as he moves closer to his retirement from international football.